On-chip fuel cell: Micro direct methanol fuel cell of an air-breathing, membraneless, and monolithic design

Satoshi Tominaka, Sousuke Ohta, Hiroyuki Obata, Toshiyuki Momma, Tetsuya Osaka

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This paper proposes a novel design for a microfuel cell as an on-chip power source and demonstrates its fabrication and operation to prove the concept. Its simple design is important from the viewpoints of fabrication (e.g., replication), integration, and compatibility with other microdevices. In testing, the prototype cell was able to generate electric power (maximum: ca. 1.4 μW) on methanol without pumps under both neutral and acidic conditions. As for the size, the electrode part of the cell (two cathodes and one anode) is 400 μm in width and 6 mm in length. The evaluation demonstrated that the proposed design is a promising on-chip power source for miniature devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10456-10457
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 13


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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